YOUR NATION LOVES YOUPosted: March 29, 2010
Today I received a text from a friend of mine who I went to the Edinburgh Fringe with last year. He informed me that he’s seeing a play on Wednesday (a promenade play, of all things) in London, and he asked whether I’d like to come along. The play, ‘Your Nation Loves You’, seems to be, judging from a quick peek at the website, shaping up to be something quite special indeed.
The play, from what I can gather, is about a government plot to kidnap a group of people, in the face of an impending terrorist threat, and to hold them in a bunker in the tunnels below Waterloo Station. I’d imagine this is so they can repopulate the country after said terrorist threat manifests itself. Details on the play are scarce. The play’s website (www.yournationlovesyou.com) is split into two sections. The first is a standard ‘press’ site, which doesn’t really tell you that much about the play. It’s mostly a lot of talk about psychology, and psychological themes. It mainly concerns the process of creating the play, more than the play itself. Nothing to write home about. However, the second part of the website presents you with a desktop of an employee of the fictitious ‘Department of Data Protection’, and lets you browse their e-mails, various character profiles, surveillance footage, and a couple of mocked-up news stories concerning the ‘government plot’ that’s currently afoot. It’s very exciting, to say the least.
The fantastic Belt Up Theatre introduced me to the wonderful world of immersive theatre at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and this absolutely reeks of immersion. My friend mentioned in his text only that it’s a promenade play, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens on Wednesday. It’s certainly worth taking a look at, if, like me, you’re a fan of government conspiracies, and the weaving, secretive narratives that are associated with such things.
The play runs from today until Friday at various intervals, in the Old Vic Tunnels, below Waterloo Station. Opinions to follow.